Our first consideration is reducing flood risk to the property to enable people to stay in their home. We are committed to keeping communities together wherever possible.
We will work with property owners to undertake further investigations into the flood risk for the property, and look at the viability and potential impact of localised drainage works or house raising. Voluntary property purchase offers will be explored if neither of these prove to be workable or cost-effective options in reducing the flood risk to the property.
If a purchase offer was accepted, for most properties, the existing house would be demolished and the land would go back on the market. In some cases, the sale may be delayed until flood mitigation works reduce the risk. Any new house or development on the site would need to meet the floor level requirements of the Building Code and the replacement Christchurch District Plan.
So far, the Flockton area within the Dudley catchment is the only area where we have been through the process of investigation and flood mitigation design to know which properties may be eligible for this assistance.
We still have to work through the most appropriate assistance for each property, so we don't yet know how many properties in this area we may end up purchasing.
For other areas, investigations and flood mitigation design work will need to be completed before it will be evident which properties in these areas may be eligible for assistance.